Renewal Through Reaching Out
Programs and Activities
- NASA Moon Grant – allowed members of the community to showcase their photos of the moon on the Library website and provided programming for children to learn about the moon
- Eracism Film Series – created an awareness of racial issues as they exist generally in America and specifically in Fort Collins, with the intent of helping to "erase racism" by addressing concerns that people of color or of minority ethnic backgrounds face
- Programming such as the Asian/Pacific American Cultural Festival, Day of the Dead events, Hispanic Heritage Month, and Native American Month invited the community to celebrate and explore diversity while participating in cultural learning experiences
National Library Week Grant
In 2010, the Poudre River Public Library District was a awarded a $3,000 grant, sponsored by Scholastic Library Publishing and administered by the American Library Association's (ALA) Public Awareness Committee, for the best public awareness campaign in support of National Library Week. The District's "Communities Thrive @ Your Library" winning campaign concept promoted the library as "the original renewable resource." This theme was reinforced through a series of programs and activities centered on the concept of renewable resources. It also demonstrated how the library and its communities can work together to become more sustainable. The Library District partnered with the City of Fort Collins Natural Resource Department, Utilities Department and ClimateWise staff for environmentally themed programming and events throughout the month of April.
Bilingual and Multicultural Outreach
The Library District is continuing to develop joint programming with organizations like Museo de las Tres Colonias, Colorado State University's School of Social Work and CORE Community Center. In 2010 a new summer program for children at Harmony Mobile Homes that included breakfast and lunch provided by the Food Bank for Larimer County, tutoring by Linton Elementary, and family story-craft times was initiated.
Rincón de Cuentos
In 2010, the Poudre River Public Library District's Rincón de Cuentos program was recognized by the Urban Libraries Council as a unique program that promotes literacy and strengthens communities through Spanish storytimes. With weekly story times at Harmony Mobile Homes and a monthly story time at Council Tree Library, Rincón de Cuentos thrives with the support of bilingual staff and volunteers. In 2010, Rincon de Cuentos reached 3,375 people through its 107 events including: weekly storytimes, special shows, workshops, and presentations.
The Library District's bilingual & multicultural outreach served an additional 3,059 people through the 137 bilingual story times and programs in 2010. Benefitted groups include: University Village, Head Start, Irish Elementary, Family Center, and Teaching Tree, among others.